by Jessica Snyder
The Arizona Renaissance Festival returns to The Valley Feb. 11- April 2. The event is open on Saturdays, Sundays and on Presidents’ Day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., rain or shine.
“I go every year because I’m a big nerd, but to me it’s a lot of fun. There are shows and crafts and yes, it’s a bit expensive but I recommend going at least once,” said Linette Morales, Glendale resident.
The Arizona Renaissance Festival transports visitors back to an european themed fair, packed full of artisan shops, jousting, games, rides, shows and street entertainment.
“ I absolutely love it. I go every year. It’s expensive but worth it,” Phoenix resident, Nikki Peterson said.
The Reanaissance Festival offers over 150 shows per day and a unique shopping experience which is not easily matched elsewhere. Most items are handmade, homemade and crafted from scratch. Many shops offer the shopper the chance to watch their product being made.
The event has become well known for its food and drink as well.
“It’s expensive, but its a good time. There is lots of walking over dirt and some hills. I liked the shows, but for some it is a long wait time. Lots of cool stuff to see. Good food too. Turkey legs are yummy,” said festival goer, Nikki Calaxto.
The Arizona Renaissance Festival is located at 12601 E. US Highway 60 Gold Canyon, Arizona 85118. This is seven miles East of Apache Junction on US Highway 60, near Superstition Mountains. Parking is free, cortesy of Fry’s Food.
Advanced discount tickets are availbale at Fry’s Food or online at www.renfestinfo.com.
The advanced rate is $22 for adults and $12 for kids ages 5-12. Children under five years old are free and senior tickets are $21. Tickets will be $2 more each if purchased at the event.